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Old 05-26-2011, 09:54 PM   #1
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Well, where to start off? We began a project to renovate out house, and we decided to tear out our ugly wood floors in our entryway. So, we did so to find linoleum underneath. My mom, wanting to take a short cut, said she read that all we had to do was sand down the linoleum to create a rougher surface for the ceramic tiles to hold on to. So, we went through and put in all the tiles.

Now, a few days have passed and two of the tiles have already come up, but this is due to foot traffic because they we're not dried all the way. So, this caused her to panic(yada yada). Anyways, I then started reading online and discovered that putting ceramic flooring on top of linoleum is OK, but only if one has a concrete floor underneath.

We aren't sure if we have a concrete floor or not. Let me give you some information about our entryway. The garage connects to the entryway through a door, and the garage is fully cemented. Outside on our driveway and walkway, everything is cemented. Down in the lower-level, everything is cemented. However, upstairs nothing is cemented. Also, our house is one of those houses where you must either go upstairs or downstairs when you walk in.

So, my question is if you think we could have a cemented floor underneath the linoleum, or if you think it's just a wood floor? If you think it's a wood floor, do we need to tear the tile up, or could we just leave it down and hope for the best?

I hope for the best, but we have a feeling that it is a wood floor underneath(plywood etc).

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You can't walk, or stomp, or jump up and down, or thump, on that floor and tell if it is cement or wood ?

But you want someone from an Internet forum somewhere in cyber space to make the determination?


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lol....

How about lifting the layers and seeing what is there?
That is the best way if you don't know.
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If a tile has come up, try driving a nail into the floor. If it is wood, it'l go in easy. If the floor is concrete, the nail will bend before it goes anywhere!

Also, what did you use to stick down the tiles? If it is mastic, you may have to wait a week or so for it to set, or better still remove all the tile, scrape and wash off the mastic and replace them using thinset.

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Calm down haha, leave me to my naiveness about remodeling. Anyways, I just remembered that we nailed down the linoleum before putting down the tile, so wood is underneath the linoleum.

@ yummy mummy - We already set all of the tile! The point of me posting is to learn if we're fine not lifting up the tile.

@Bud Cline - Jumping and stomping on the floor would potentially move or crack the tile/grout, and we don't want to do that as of now.

So, should we tear up the tile?
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Tear up the tiles right now, pronto......lol

"You need to have a stable substrate, no if, ands or buts about it" a quote from the expert, Bud Cline.

You did say that two of the tiles have come up, so just rip the darn things out.......lol
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Quote:
@Bud Cline - Jumping and stomping on the floor would potentially move or crack the tile/grout,
NONSENSE!

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putting ceramic flooring on top of linoleum is OK, but only if one has a concrete floor underneath.
Also NONSENSE!

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Bud, remember last night, I dyed your mohawk black.......
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Sh-h-h-h-h !
I thought that was going tobe our little secret.

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